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Disabled access rules for Dubai buildings

Posted by DPS on 28/01/2017

Disabled access rules for Dubai buildings will come into effect from February this year. After a consultation where buildings were assessed for their access by disabled people, it was brought into effect in February 2017. Accessibility for disabled people is important. Fairness to all is a hallmark of the inclusive Dubai society. The new code has been long overdue in the city. Looking after all of our residents is a high priority. All new buildings must conform to the code from this date forwards and they need to consider access in their plans.

A modern global city

As a city that attracts people from all over the world, Dubai has to be accessible to all. Disabled people want to live, work and play in Dubai. The new code will help them to do that. It brings the city in line with international standards with disabled access. All public buildings will have money spent on them to bring them up to code. Private buildings are likely to have a few months’ grace. It is a positive way to make a difference in the city. Having better access for all makes Dubai a more desirable place to live.

Disabled access rules for Dubai buildings

In the past, some developers have made access for the disabled a part of their designs. But others simply have not. The code means that it is now by all. This means that all must abide by the same principles. Access to all is vital to keep Dubai at the forefront of global tourism and business. An accessibility plan is a requirement for building owners over the next few years. 2020 is the date when all of these plans need to be ready. Any new buildings will not have this grace period and will need to be ready for disabled access by the middle of this year.

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